Men's Anti-Violence Education Network

   Portland Community College's MAVEN club provides a space where students can analyze what it means to “Be A Man” in our society. Utilizing clips of various popular media (from Super Bowl commercials to music videos), as well as activities and workshops, MAVEN meetings take a closer look at the expectations put on men and women, and how those pressures can relate to violence.  

    MAVEN members also coordinate community events and activism. We host film-screenings, art installations, video posts, and public performances to counter the dominant messages that construct our culture.

Recent MAVEN Posts

  • Here you can find news and events, reflections on culture relating to masculinity, gender, and violence, as well as notes from our campus discussions. If you want to contribute in any way, email us at and let us know.
  • Flash Mob! One of the goals for MAVEN is to help create an environment where sexual violence is not tolerated. We accomplish this in several ways: with our campus discussions, our SAFE Videos, and other campaigns. Another way we've spread the word about the importance of community action has been our flash mobs. We have coordinated a brief skit to perform, a quick piece of invisible theater, that frames the music and dancing of the flash mob with our violence prevention message. We have surprised three PCC campuses with a total of four flash mobs in the past year. And all of them have been a lot of fun.Our first flash mob was during lunch at the Sylvania campus Fall ...
    Posted May 28, 2012, 12:37 AM by Maven Pcc
  • BRO CODE Film Screening and Discussion!Tuesday, May 22nd 6 - 9pm at the PSU WRC.We're partnering with our Portland State counterparts in the Men in the Movement Action Team to screen a great documentary about pop-culture's effect on men and boys in our society: "BRO CODE: How Contemporary Media Creates Sexist Men." Come check out the film and participate in the discussion that follows to share your insights. Check out our facebook event, or our flier attached below, for more info.BONUS: We will also be creating our own media responses to offer alternative ideas about healthy relationships and identities. Details to be announced at the event. Don't miss it!This event is hosted by PSU's ...
    Posted May 20, 2012, 11:53 PM by Maven Pcc
  • Clothesline Support The Clothesline Project is a powerful, week-long installation on the four main PCC Campuses organized by their respective Women's Resource Centers and programs. The project has its origins in Cape Cod, MA to raise awareness and express the emotions for survivors of violence. Every year, PCC encourages students and staff to decorate shirts to share their stories or feelings about their assaults. These shirts are hung on a clothesline around campuses to remind our community that domestic and sexual violence is still a serious issue that demands attention. "It's an important message.""It's difficult to read the stories, but also very necessary.""It's a powerful visual. These could be people I know."MAVEN members ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2012, 8:58 PM by Maven Pcc
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